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The 2003 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Arista) 3554 (305)
2. The White Stripes: Elephant (V2) 2411 (212)
3. Fountains of Wayne: Welcome Interstate Managers (S-Curve) 1314 (117)
4. Radiohead: Hail to the Thief (Capitol) 1244 (115)
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell (Interscope) 1018 (96)
6. The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop) 917 (91)
7. New Pornographers: Electric Version (Matador) 881 (87)
8. Basement Jaxx: Kish Kash (Astralwerks) 785 (72)
9. Drive-By Truckers: Decoration Day (New West) 735 (67)
10. Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner (XL) 665 (61)
11. Strokes: Room on Fire (RCA) 646 (70)
12. Rufus Wainwright: Want One (DreamWorks) 637 (60)
13. Jay-Z: The Black Album (Roc-A-Fella) 618 (62)
14. Cat Power: You Are Free (Matador) 606 (59)
15. 50 Cent: Get Rich or Die Tryin' (G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 560 (57)
16. Lucinda Williams: World Without Tears (Lost Highway) 541 (61)
17. Postal Service: Give Up (Sub Pop) 523 (51)
18. Belle and Sebastian: Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Rough Trade) 449 (48)
19. My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves (ATO/RCA) 447 (44)
20. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists: Hearts of Oak (Lookout) 446 (40)
21. Warren Zevon: The Wind (Artemis) 424 (44)
22. Pernice Brothers: Yours, Mine & Ours (Ashmont) 418 (41)
23. Libertines: Up the Bracket (Rough Trade) 401 (37)
24. Missy Elliott: This Is Not a Test! (Elektra) 380 (41)
25. Rapture: Echoes (Strummer/Universal) 378 (45)
26. Kings of Leon: Youth & Young Manhood (RCA) 374 (38)
27. Junior Senior: D-D-Don't Stop the Beat (Chunky Frog/Atlantic) 359 (37)
28. Fiery Furnaces: Gallowsbird's Bark (Rough Trade) 353 (34)
29. Four Tet: Rounds (Domino) 349 (35)
30. Grandaddy: Sumday (V2) 348 (32)
31. Darkness: Permission to Land (Atlantic) 342 (33)
Johnny Cash: Unearthed (American) 342 (28)
33. Notwist: Neon Golden (City Slang/Virgin) 340 (32)
34. Death Cab for Cutie: Transatlanticism (Barsuk) 331 (31)
35. Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance (Beatclub/Interscope) 318 (33)
36. Mars Volta: De-Loused in the Comatorium (Universal) 312 (31)
37. Led Zeppelin: How the West Was Won (Atlantic) 311 (28)
38. Liz Phair: Liz Phair (Capitol) 295 (28)
39. Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around (American) 293 (29)
40. Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People (Arts & Crafts) 289 (24)

This poll combines ballots from ??? critics, who divided 100 points among 10 2003 albums. Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5. Points determined placement, with total mentions (indicated in parenthesis) used for tie breaking.

Singles

1. OutKast: "Hey Ya!" (Arista) 22
2. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z: "Crazy in Love" (Columbia) 203
3. The White Stripes: "Seven Nation Army" (Third Man/V2) 128
4. Kelis: "Milkshake" (Star Trak/Arista) 125
5. 50 Cent: "In Da Club" (G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 117
6. Johnny Cash: "Hurt" (Universal) 82
7. Fountains of Wayne: "Stacy's Mom" (S-Curve/Virgin) 74
8. R. Kelly: "Ignition (Remix)" (Jive) 70
9. Junior Senior: "Move Your Feet" (Atlantic) 65
10. Panjabi MC featuring Jay-Z: "Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)" (Sequence) 64
11. Electric Six: "Danger! High Voltage" (XL) 62
12. Justin Timberlake: "Rock Your Body" (Jive) 55
13. OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown: "The Way You Move" (Arista) 52
14. Justin Timberlake: "Cry Me a River" (Jive) 49
15. Missy Elliott: "Pass That Dutch" (Elektra) 46
16. !!!: "Me and Giuliani Down by the Schoolyard (A True Story)" (Touch & Go) 45
17. Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins: "Get Low" (TVT) 42
18. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "Maps" (Interscope) 41
19. Strokes: "12:51" (RCA) 39
20. Sean Paul: "Get Busy" (VP/Atlantic) 34
21. Darkness: "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" (Atlantic) 32
22. Pharrell featuring Jay-Z: "Frontin'" (Star Trak/Arista) 29
23. Coldplay: "Clocks" (Capitol) 28
24. Jet: "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" (Elektra) 26
Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell and Uncle Charlie Wilson: "Beautiful" (Doggy Style/Priority/Capitol) 26
26. Lumidee: "Never Leave You - Uh Ooh, Uh Oooh!" (Universal) 25
Rapture: "House of Jealous Lovers" (Universal) 25
28. Christina Aguilera: "Beautiful" (RCA) 24
Roots (feat. Cody Chesnutt): "The Seed (2.0)" (MCA) 24
30. Ludacris featuring Shawnna: "Stand Up" (Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam South) 23
31. Alicia Keys: "You Don't Know My Name" (J Records) 22
New Pornographers: "The Laws Have Changed" (Matador) 22
The White Stripes: "The Hardest Button to Button" (Third Man/V2) 22
34. Liz Phair: "Why Can't I?" (Capitol) 21
Postal Service: "Such Great Heights" (Sub Pop) 21
36. Dizzee Rascal: "I Luv U" (XL) 19
Ted Leo/Pharmacists: "Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?" (Lookout!) 19
Warren Zevon: "Keep Me in Your Heart" (Artemis) 19
39. R. Kelly: "Step in the Name of Love (remix)" (Jive) 18
Radiohead: "There There" (Capitol) 18

Village Voice, Feb. 17, 2004


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